A quote from the puritan theologian, John Owen, highlights the often under emphasized holy care we are to take of our bodies. Many of us do not see the body in such a way. Maybe it comes from an era and theology that emphasized physical as bad and spiritual as good. Either way, care of our bodies is reflective of the care given our souls.
Sleep is the recharging of the mind and body in such a way that without it your entire person changes. Sleep thieves are many, be it stress or health related, many of these can be directly traceable to a poor theology of the body. Most research suggest that each of our sleep needs are different, but there are severally adverse effects from not having those needs met.
“Trust keeps us from turning the mental lights out.”
Recently having taken on some major life changes, I found my sleep patterns were being obliterated. I was up late. I was up several times during the night, and I began feeling the effects pretty quickly. I was unable to give my night to God because I had never given my day to Him.
“Sleep is the foundation of the bodies proper function.”
If we are going to claim that Jesus was accurate in calling our bodies a gift and a temple of the Spirit of God, we must take seriously how we treat and interact with our bodies. A growing connection between the poor care of our bodies and the inadvertent misunderstanding of sleep is in sleep apnea. Sleep apnea and obesity are inextricably and undeniably linked, and obesity is a growing western epidemic and the church is largely missing from the conversation.
“We don’t have to be perfect, we just have to act like we believe what we believe.”
Most of us are not going to be professional athletes or models, but we have to begin to take seriously the breadth of sanctification that cannot and does not exclude our bodies…
1 Corinthians 6:20
“For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”